Tan’im: Aisha Mosque

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم

The deeper we entered Mecca the more visible Tower Zamzam is. Similar to Big Ben, it towering high with a giant clock at it’s peak. The building containing these hotels continued to emit green light across the city; as if the lighthouse illuminated the sea at night.

The closer to Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) the more buildings could be seen. Village on the hill, restaurants, souvenir shops, garages, or flyover that breaks the city traffic. The cars continued to pass even by night, because Mecca had never slept. Some Pakistani workers appear to be walking home in groups while some Arabs in white and black kafiyeh (Arabic traditional headgear) sat on the hood of GMC.

Once we arrived on Al-Hijrah Street, a magnificent white building seemed to be waiting for us on the left side. Somewhat similar to the Miqat Mosque, the building is decorated with many trees and the park is called Aisha Mosque but better known as Tan’im Mosque. A few years ago I once accompanied aunt who had to postpone her umra until finishing her period.

Narrated in a long hadith from Jabir ibn Abdillah (one of the prophet companion), Mother of the believer, Aisha, was sad because she had not h

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ad time to carry out umra while the Prophet and his companions were about to return to Medina. She was sad that other companions get two rewards (ie hajj and umrah) while she only gets one (haji).

To entertain his beloved wife, the Messenger of Allah ordered Abdurrahman bin Abu Bakr (brother of Aisha) to accompany his sister to Tan’im and take miqat from there. Afterwards they return to the Masjid al-Haram to perform umra. Nor the prophet nor other companions went to tan’im and performing umra from there. This particularity is reserved for Aisha.

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